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It is very common (and frustrating) to install an [NO LONGER WORKS] Adobe Air application on your Linux system and find that it is not working. After all, the Adobe Air for Linux is still in alpha stage. It is not feature complete and does not support most of the applications.

While we have previously covered some of the cool AIR applications 8 Adobe AIR Apps That DON'T Suck 8 Adobe AIR Apps That DON'T Suck Read More , most of them are meant for the Windows/Mac platform. For Linux users who are constantly looking for AIR applications, here is a list of 8 useful AIR applications that we have tested and found them to be working in Linux.

1. TweetDeck

TweetDeck - Adobe Air App

TweetDeck is an interesting Twitter client that allows you to organize your tweets into more manageable levels. It enables the user to split their main feed into topics or group specific columns allowing a broader overview of tweets.

There are several useful features in TweetDeck. One of them is the auto-updating of the Twitter status so that you know when Twitter is down. The next feature is that you can continue to send tweets even when you are offline (or when Twitter is down). Tweets and direct messages are queued and then sent automatically when you are back online.

2. WebKut

WebKut - Screen Capture

WebKut allows you to take a screenshot of any Web page easily. It loads the page in its own viewer and you can screen-capture the page the way you like it. This is so far the easiest and simplest screen capture tool that I have come across.

3. Snackr


Snackr is a RSS ticker that pulls random items from your feeds and scrolls them across your desktop in an unobstructive way. It is easy to hide/deactivate it when you find it annoying and when you see a title that looks interesting, you can simply click on it to pop up the item in a window.

4. Xdrive Desktop Lite

Xdrive - Online Storage App

Xdrive is an online storage service provided by AOL. It’s free and you get a whopping 5GB of online storage space to backup all your data, video and music. The AIR application Xdrive Desktop Lite is to allow its users to easily transfer and backup their local files to Xdrive online storage.

5. AirTube Video Downloader

Using the AirTube Video downloader, you can easily download YouTube videos to your desktop simply by dragging or pasting the video’s URL. After the downloading is completed, the application will playback the video in its viewer. A useful tool for someone who downloads videos very often.

6. Destroy Flickr

Destroy Flickr

There is already a full review on DestroyFlickr, so I shall not say anymore about it. But it is definitely a good thing that a great app like this works on Linux too.

7. Klok


Klok is a time management application that allows you to monitor the time you have spent on projects, tasks and any other stuff. You can view the timeline in Weekly view, Project view or get it to generate a report and display in pie-chart format. There are some very well-thought features such as setting up a template for new projects, creating sub-projects, drop-down calendar and a zoom in/out function for the timeline. If you are looking for a good time management application, Klok is definitely the one I would recommend.

8. UVLayer


If you have watched the movie ‘Minority Report’, then you will find the interface of UVLayer very similar to that in the movie. When you search for a video via the search bar, UVLayer will instantly fetch a list of videos from YouTube and Truveo and display them in a big window. You can then drag the video onto anywhere in the canvas. It is also integrated with Google Talk, Facebook and AIM so that you can share the videos with your friends easily.

Are there any more Air applications for Linux that you want to add?

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  1. Michael
    September 2, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    And of course

  2. leisure boats
    July 2, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    It always takes a Dutchman to show he know best.

  3. Sean
    March 7, 2009 at 11:30 am

    You need to checkout
    They offer free digital signage using Adobe AIR and have an amazing product, a must see.


  4. Tom
    February 24, 2009 at 8:39 am

    klok looks interesting, look forward to trying it out

  5. kavoura
    December 19, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    Getting Adobe air installed on my 64-bit Ubuntu 8.04 OS was difficult, but it works. Unfortunately, most of the apps here will not install. Destroy Flickr is the only one I could to work so far, and it works perfectly.
    One problem I see with some of the sites offering Air apps, is that the installer demands to download and install Adobe Air first before proceeding, even though I have already installed it. If I choose to install, it will download the whole binary and then try to install it, and fail.
    Air is good but the app downloaders mostly suck.

    • Damien Oh
      December 20, 2008 at 9:46 pm

      You will need the latest version of Flash to make use of the app downloader

  6. Nilima
    November 27, 2008 at 8:09 am

    Also check out

  7. Jack
    September 23, 2008 at 8:57 am

    I think you may have a look at Bookmash ( AIR desktop application. It's awesome!

  8. Mackenzie
    August 9, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Regarding Webkut, I'd say just holding down Super (Window, Apple, Ubuntu, Diamond...whatever) and selecting what you want to screenshot is the easiest way to take a screenshot of just part of the screen on Linux. It's a feature of Compiz.

  9. Monocoque
    August 8, 2008 at 6:50 am

    I use windows, I found Klok and UV to be great.

  10. subcorpus
    August 7, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    just found out about tweetdeck ... downloaded it ... and tried it ...
    love it ... !!!
    ciao twhirl ...

  11. Ian D. Miller
    August 7, 2008 at 11:37 am

    WebKut is cool...but if you're running compiz, you alrady have it. Windows (super) + left mouse click and drag, you can highlight any part of your screen at any time and it'll create an image of the selected area (png) on your desktop. i use this ALLL the time. best feat evar.

  12. Xdrive fails
    August 7, 2008 at 9:01 am

    Xdrive service is going to be canceled, it fails miserably anyways.

    Your chances of actually using the service are slim, and even then having it work properly would be way out of the question.

  13. Damien Oh
    August 7, 2008 at 4:01 am

    @Aubrey, Greg: Yes, twhirl work in Linux too. I didn't include it because it is overlapping with TweetDeck. Between TweetDeck and Twhirl, I find TweetDeck offers a much better user-interface

  14. Jim Jones
    August 7, 2008 at 6:53 am

    Dude that is too funny. Are you for real here?



  15. Greg
    August 7, 2008 at 1:43 am

    What? No mention of Twhirl or Posty?

  16. fr00gYl
    August 7, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Yeh I know it may be a little off topic but AOL is going to shutdown it's XDrive service.

  17. Damien Oh
    August 7, 2008 at 12:27 am

    @Inferno: Adobe AIR should install itself as long as you make it executable. You might want to re-download the file and try again.

  18. Aubrey Kilian
    August 7, 2008 at 1:14 am

    I use twhirl ( ) as my Twitter app on Ubuntu, works great.
    Will definitely check out some of the apps you mention above.

  19. Mark Flanagan
    August 6, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    To Inferno: Try closing any package manager. Air does install itself and its apps as deb files even though it would seem not to be doing that. Very tricky.

    • Inferno
      August 6, 2008 at 4:15 pm

      I tried closing pretty much everything. All I have open is terminal, still no luck. Thanks for the help though! I'm trying to think what else it could be.. For now I'll just install Air on Windows.

  20. refreshingapps
    August 6, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    You can find more AIR apps over at

    Good for highlighting the ones that work with Linux.

  21. Inferno
    August 6, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    I'm running Ubuntu 8.04, and I'm trying to install it I followed the steps on the website (made file executable etc) And it says you don't have permission contact network administrator. I tried it as root, and I tried it with firefox closed (as I read these were problems) and I still can't install Adobe Air! Any help?

    • Justin
      October 27, 2008 at 12:23 pm

      Inferno, the adobeair_linux_b1_091508.bin file does not have executable rights by default, need to run chmod +x on the file before it can be run, even by root